Nicholson Baker Goes Back to School as a Substitute Teacher

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In this photo taken April 18, 2014, students in a fourth-grade classroom at Olympic View Elementary School in Lacey, Wash. use upright file folders to shield their papers during an exam.

Two years ago, best-selling author Nicholson Baker became a substitute teacher in a public school district in Maine. In his latest book, Substitute: Going to School With a Thousand Kids, he deconstructs education in America, from a standardized curriculum, to distracted students and overworked teachers. He recently wrote about his experiences for The New York Times Magazine

Event: On September 20th at 7 p.m., Nicholson Baker will be in conversation with Katherine Lanpher at the New York Public Library Wachenheim Trustees Room (Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, 42nd Street at 5th Avenue).